The Rediscovery of Nina Simone

African American Singer Inspires New Generation of Activists

March 11, 2016

Nina Simone's powerful voice and turbulent life are the subjects of an Oscar-nominated documentary, a new biography and a forthcoming Hollywood biopic.  But it's her politics that speaks most forcefully to a new generation of African American activists.  Biographer Alan Light talks aboutthe incandescent soul singer and Black Power icon.



The vague references to a "complicated and difficult" story regarding Nina Simone's abuse by her husband were quite disturbing and need more explanation. It sort of sounded like an excuse of his behavior and truly should be clarified.